T-Mobile Gives Stores Permission To Sell The G2 Ahead Of Schedule

Update: A number of you are reporting via Twitter and the comments below that a large number of stores will begin sales tomorrow, still 3 days earlier than expected!

We’re not 100% sure what the exact details are at the time of this writing, however as we understand it sources are telling us that certain regions have been given the go ahead to sell the T-Mobile G2 early. That means stores in those locations are able to go ahead and release inventory to those who might have pre-ordered via retail location and do not need to wait until October 6th to purchase or regular walk-ins. We can’t confirm the exact areas of the country where this is taking place but as we understand it, it might be as wide as the entire country or as small as local markets. If you’ve been waiting for October 6th you might want to contact your local T-Mobile store and see what they say!

We have to wonder for a moment if Radio Shack and their October 3rd sales date didn’t have something to do with this?

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  • lakeshow

    This is true I went today to get a g2 and I came out with a g2 :)

    • GooglrHTCGlacier

      I got tmboile but im not elligible for an upgrade. Can somebody break down the prices for me? Thanks in advance.

    • Frigadroid

      Update on the update tmobile will be giving any customers with a loose hinge a free rubber band. So there you have it now you wankers can go about your business uninterrupted.

      • zazou

        I really like the G2, but I do have to say that your comment is very funny.

  • me

    I guesss T-Mobile deflated that pre-order baloon real quick. I Can’t wait until the other phones come out so that I can finally make a decision. Patience is my weakness.

    • me

      *balloon

  • TMOprophet

    I went yesterday and they would barely let me hold one…and didnt know when they were beginning sales….although the phone is pretty slick for a qwerty keyboard phone.

    Its pretty solid too, nice finish, but I will wait for something else

  • robert

    anyone able to teather this phone to their pc?

    • k-mack

      really easy to tether it, yeah. PdaNet will do it and another one as well, forgot the name. works great. just install the small software for the pc as well and you’ll be tethering in no time.

      • eliteramen

        EasyTether is the other app

  • Tyrone

    The phone is available for sale. Its a soft launch early. I played with the unit and by far it is the fastest android to date and hspa is sick. The phone is heavy and the keyboard is a lil small. but overall i love it. i will be getting one. Tmobile got’s me. I will upload a better video then most on youtube when i get mines hopefully this week.

  • alientim

    Called T-mobile store here in Washington State they are selling the G2 right now what crap is that pre-orders where to get to us before general public got to buy one. Well called customer service and they said it wasn’t to be out till the the 6th. I complained and what did I get I get two months data plan for free to make up for radio shack selling theirs For $150 and selling on the 3rd. Still doesn’t sit well with me knowing I could have had my phone today if I didn’t do the so called pre order…. I call this BS……..

    • Tmo

      Atvleast u will have one not like others that they have to wait

  • Andy

    Comes out tomorrow!

  • http://none employee106

    True story , I got the go head to sell g2 on 10/03/2010 by store and market managers.
    It looks ok, hspa+ is very fast, im still waiting for the mytouch hd.

  • Damien

    SOld a G2 at my store today so, definitely selling them everywhere tomorrow, sunday :)

  • TechieChicky

    I was in our local store yesterday to activate the new sim and see if they had any accessories for the G2. I didn’t tell them that I had one but they got all sweaty and nervous when I started asking about them.

    When I asked if they had one in the store so I could check the memory they got real fidgety and wouldn’t bring it out from the back.

    They refused to show or sell any accessories until the 6th ~ maybe they’ll get the memo that it’s okay. I hope so… they kinda looked like they might pass out if anyone insists on seeing one. Poor guys. :)

    • justin

      I bought screen protectors and a body glove case for mine on saturday from a t mobile store today but had to ask for it. They brough it ou the back. Got 20% off for buying two items.

      • JM77

        Ditto, I bought my accessories on Thursday. The sales peopple at the store I went to were great. I played with their G2 for a half hour and even tried out the cases on their G2. They had already downloaded speedtest and angry birds! Very cool!

      • Foxeh

        Can anyone tell me if T-Mobile’s G2 screen protectors have anti-glare properties? They are just labeled as “anti-fingerprint” or smudge or something, but they don’t seem to be any different than the ones marked as Anti-Glare (or even both) for different phones in the store.

  • InFeXIoUs

    yea well im not buying through t-mobile this time. Radio shacks got the better deal and is confirmed that tommorow they are selling the g2′s in store on shelves. So i am gonna be there before 10 a.m before they open.

  • GORDO

    For the question does the G 2 phone tether? YES it does perfectly. I am writing this response from my lap top using the easy tether app downloaded in the market. Tethers flawless and fast! This phone is pretty sweet. I am not sure how much more one could want in a smart phone. Very happy with my purchase. By the way I am not sure why some people have been having trouble recieving their pre ordered phone. I ordered my phone at eight pm eastern wednseday and recieved it at 5 pm eastern Friday. less than 48 hours after my order.

    • Datank

      What app is it

      • eliteramen

        EasyTether

        lol this is one app name where not using proper caps could confuse.

  • jason

    got my G2 yesterday and this phose is freekin awesome. My first thought was “durable” This phone felt strong and not like a hunk of plastic. My favorite app so far is Google translate. I’m learning more Spanish with my phone than taking one year at the college.

    • El Guapo

      Oh yeah, it is strong as long as you hold it correctly

  • DatGuy

    It’s true, at least on the East coast. The East Coast VP sent an email to all managers today authorizing the sale of G2s.

  • soul

    I was told it was just for new lines and not upgrades :(

    • Shawn

      Thats BS! It is suppose to be “existing customers get it first”

    • immadroid

      i got mine yesterday and i was an existing customer

  • Mr. Barrow

    are their anybody in new orleans la that got to go to the store and get the phone

  • InFeXIoUs

    9 more hours and i should be walkin out the store with one….

  • tmogee

    anybody know if this badboy will be updated to android 3.0??

  • MichaelJ

    In Torrance, CA the South Bay Galleria has released two phones to me today.

    • thereugo

      I was at the Tmobile store in San Pedro and they let me handle it yesterday, it’s a great phone, a little heavy but SOLID built. They had the phone today selling them. I’m waiting a couple of more weeks to possibly get 2 of them. Radio shack had them too, but the radio shack in the Target in San Pedro, yes San Pedro didnt have no clue that the Tmobile stores were already selling them early.It really makes me laugh how the people working for these phone companies dont do there homwork when it comes to the phones there going to be releasing. So how is the phone standing up.

  • Foxeh

    Something just occurred to me. I’ve never been able to find Quadrant Advanced benchmarks for the G2, only Quadrant Standard. That means we don’t know the breakdown of the scores yet.

    Android Central somehow got their hands on an HTC Merge/Lexicon/etc and as far as we can tell, it has a similar processor as the G2 (perhaps an MSM7630?).

    http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/articleimage/684/2010/10/htc-merge-benchmark-2.JPG

    Blue: CPU | Red: Memory | Green: I/O | Orange: 2D | Yellow: 3D

    It’s hard to see the separation between 2D and 3D results in this photo, but it seems this particular 800MHz proc a significant I/O boost over the first gen snapdragon which will make things much more responsive, but at the cost of raw CPU power. This does look to be a more balanced way to do things as it removes a major bottleneck.

    Of course, it’s still only a benchmark.

    I suspect the G2 may have similar results, maybe slightly higher because it’s running Vanilla.

  • JM77

    I just ran it. Results:

    total – 1589
    cpu – 3502
    mem – 1070
    io – 2635
    2d – 226
    3d – 513

    Very good for an out of the box score.

    • JM77

      One more for those that care: ;-)

      total – 1696
      cpu – 3900
      mem – 1075
      io – 2751
      2d – 237
      3d – 516

  • mike1232

    which tmobile store location can i get the G2 at

    • David, Managing Editor

      Try calling your local T-Mobile stores.

  • Roger

    1hr to go..then off to radio shack to pick it up. 1st on the waiting list in East Louisville. :-)

  • pantlesspenguin

    I went to T-Mobile yesterday to see about a warranty exchange for my Vibrant. I saw they had a G2 behind the counter and asked to see it. The rep was more than happy to let me play with it. I just kinda scrolled through all the apps. There was an H in the corner and now I wish I would’ve done some browsing to see how it compares to the speeds I get. The gal helping me said she was definitely going to get one.

    • El Guapo

      Sales people always tell you that. They are sales people. They will tell you anything you want to hear. Dont be so gullible.

      • Foxeh

        There was one rep who tried to sell me a Vibrant when I asked about a G2 last week. :P

  • Moses

    So mad I went there and the sales rep had no idea what I was talking about he said it doesn’t release everywhere until october 6th I’m from pittsburgh pa.

  • Want2CBetter

    I received my G2 through the pre-order but I wanted to get a case and fitted screen protectors. I stopped by the store in Columbia SC yesterday and asked about the phone and accessories – they said they were allowed to sell the phone and had already sold one.

    More importantly to me, they had accessories available. I picked up a cool case that is a metallic blue fading to black, along with screen protectors. Also, I didn’t know this – they give you 20% off if you buy two accessories at the same time (30% for three). I asked if I could get 100% off if I bought 10 but they wouldn’t go for that :)

  • Angelo

    I have an old family plan and G1 data plan, do I need to get a newer family and data plan if I want to get the G2? Thanks!

    • Foxeh

      If you’ve ever upgraded your old “G1″ data plan to an “Android” data plan to gain access to Visual Voicemail, you wont need to change anything.

      • Frigadroid

        I was wondering what the difference was when they changed my g1 data plan without informing me to android after I bought the vibrant. I thought it was to charge me more when I got my bill it was confusing because it was prorated. So I called loyalty to let them know I was going to have a stroke if they raised my bill and they said not to worry its the same price. Then I asked if they had a better plan since the wife needs unlimited minutes and I unlimited web she said because I have been with them for 10+ years I qualify for family loyalty discount with $20 unlimited data. That’s why I love tmobile the best people & best service and the true fastest network. :-D

  • Skye

    I just got mine this morning at Radio Shack! They only had one in stock, but they were happy to sell it to me. Total came to just over 200 with full upgrade and 2 year contract extension! Good luck guys! It’s an amazing device!

  • AndrewKc

    I went into one of the stores in Independence and they said he just had a conference call about it and that they weren’t releasing them until the 6th. Radioshack is suppose to start selling them tomorrow. The guy was a dick when I was talking with him.

  • Amanda

    I went to my local store (brandon, FL) and they said no go – only available for new lines because it’s not in their system fully yet. :/ bummer!

    • zazou

      They are selling them at the Jax Beach store.

  • thereugo

    I went to the Tmobile store around the corner from me and I was able to hold it and check it out, very solid phone. That hinge problem that has been talked about and shown here on Tmonews, don’t worry about it. I tried it and nothing going on with the device i checked out. HTC will fix it if theres a problem but I doubt it will be an issue. I believe that this phone being a flagship phone for tmobile and HTC has alot of promoise, I see this phone in the future along with the updates being a very, very nice phone. I’m really thinking of getting one, but then there’s that mytouch HD coming out.

    • Foxeh

      The last time I checked out a G2 in a T-Mo store the other day I was just curious as to what sort of retention mechanism it had to keep the device open or closed. The demo I played with didn’t seem to have any, I tilted it at awkward angles and it was a little loose. I didn’t think much of it.

      Then I got home and the blogosphere was lit up about it. Hehe, wow.

      Now I get four minutes into this video and it shows a nice, stiff hinge.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG2p7VMP_70#t=4m00
      (the link should skip right to what I’m referring to if viewed on a desktop)

      So are there magnets in the thing or is it just the stiffness of the hinge? If it’s the latter, I’m not sure how that’s going to last…

  • k-fed

    Screw T-Mobile. I ordered on the 23rd, was so happy the night of the 28th when UPS said it would be here Thursday the 30th, and then utterly furious when I checked 24 hours later and my delivery had Brennan “rescheduled” for 10/5. Now anyone and their dog can walk into a store and pick one up and I have to wait til Tuesday. I know patience is a virtue, but I’m freaking out here.

    P.S. Customer care says if I choose to go buy from the store I have to pay for return shipping on my preordered one cause I can’t return it at the store. Can’t believe after 6 years as a customer that I have to go through this crap.

    • alientim

      I have the same issue with no delivery till 10/5 ordered the day of pre order. But I did call tmobile and complained that everyone and there dog can buy one know and I still don’t get mine till 10/5. So the rep asked me what i wanted and i said well radio shack is selling theirs for $150, so what about a discount so she gave me 2 months of my data plan for free better then nothing I guess. I still call it B S…………

  • PeterGunn

    How does the G2 compare to the HD2?besides one being windows based an the other being android.?

    • Want2CBetter

      I just listed my HD2 on eBay. The lack of a keyboard is what did it for me. The 3.7″ screen on the G2 really does not feel much different than the 4.3″ screen on the HD2. Also, Android is much more stable than Windows Mobile in my experience.

  • dannyb91979

    I just went to RadioShack and walked out with my G2!!! It does have the weak hinge, but honestly, I don’t think this is going to be a problem, and though it’s a design flaw, I don’t think it’s actually a defect. It is SOOOOOO FAST compared to my MyTouch 3G 1.0!

  • Phisixb

    I tried it at the T-Mobile store. The hinges are too loose. If your texting while laying down, then it will collapse on you. If this gets fixed, then I will get it. Also, I hope the internal memory is really 4 gb and not 2 gb as some say. Otherwise, what is the next great phone coming up on T-Mobile?

  • Mike-55

    Went to local RS, asked about G2, “hmmm never heard of it…oh wait here’s one in the back, don’t know much it”.( That’s pretty evident ) This is near Kansas City. Didn’t get it, still thinking. Didn’t see the hinge problem, very solid feeling device.

  • Want2CBetter

    I had the HD2 and now have the G2. I like the G2 better.
    -G2 has a keyboard
    -Android is more stable than Windows Mobile in my experience (I experienced missed and dropped calls with the HD2 (even after Tmo replaced it)
    -The G2 is much faster

    With all of that said, the HD2 is much more customizable (I did enjoy that)

  • Mr.Barrow

    the phone goes on sell the 4th in new orleans with the bogo sell

  • SoTacMatt

    Thanks to your post (and twitter) I went out today and got mine.

  • Ricky

    LIEs! I spoke to countless T-Mobile representatives and finally a senior manager and I was told that they did not give permission…

    • Want2CBetter

      So, what’s it like living in denial?

  • Dude

    I went to my local store this morning when they opened (Anaheim, CA) and got out with a brand new G2 :] no hinge problem like in the that one video! works great!
    The guy at T-mobile said they were actually selling them since yesterday.

  • Carlos

    Just went picked mine up at tmobile and this is a awesome beauty :) I don’t regret the $541

  • ericM

    I called T-Mobile today bc I pre-ordered and am waiting till tomorrow to get my phone for $327 (inc. taxes/fees, shipping and $18 upgrade fee.)

    I asked what is the benefit of pre-ordering if I can just walk to Radio Shack today, pay less AND get it earlier?

    I was very nice to the CSR, but despite repeated claims that I feel a bit ripped off, she would not eliminate one penny of my fees/final price.

    I will never pre-order from T-Mobile again.

  • M.Az

    Seriously patience is a virtue, the world will not end if you have to wait a few days.

    The g2 is a nice phone for sure, I work for t-mobile as well, but I do not know if it “SMOKES” the vibrant or not, and in the end, are we so sure that gingerbread(aka 3.o) will come to the g2 unabated or will they instead release it on a new android phone, I thought the specs were one gz and higher?

  • M.Az

    P.S. I am not a fan of the hinge, far as I can tell it is NOT metal and I wonder how long the actual device will hold up. but I also know the g1′s hinges seemed fine no matter what, never had a customer return one of those or hear of issues with it’s hinges.

    • zazou

      Actually the hinges are metal.

  • Poopman

    Wow I didn’t realize these weren’t out yet I could have picked one up at the mall yesterday. They feel so much more sturdy than my crap vibrant.

  • MytouchSilder

    I played with the G2 for a bit T-mobile store today really nice except the hinges are not tight seems that after opening and closing it will wear and tear really soon, instead I’m gonna hold out till the Mytouch HD

  • M.Az

    @ Poopman – wow, until the hinge breaks off or until you realize the 3.7 screen is tiny in comparison.

  • Alex

    I just got one. Does anyone else think that the volume on the headset is too low?

  • Carlos

    This is coming from a vibrant owner…the g2 smokes the vibrant…only thing the vibrant has going for it is the screen but the g2 has a nice screen as well…vibrant is nice but I would choose the g2 hands down..this phone as everything the vibrant lacked and a better feeling in the hand…